Rudra is the god of cattle and wild animals. He sometimes appears as a man riding on a boar. However, as the lord of the cattle he is shown as a bull.

Rudra is also a healer. He is shown as being beautiful and bright as the sun.

Rudra sometimes acts as an archer who shoots arrows of death and disease at gods, men and cattle.

In later times, Rudra becomes the god Shiva.